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Nuns fight strip club near Ill. convent

Chicago nuns say they are keeping prospective employees at a soon-to-be strip club in their prayers despite the establishment's close proximity to their convent.

CHICAGO -- A group of nuns is ready to fight a new strip club adjacent to a Roman Catholic convent in suburban Stone Park.

Sister Marissonia Daltoe told the Chicago Sun-Times she's not only concerned about the morality of the club, but the legality of it, specifically whether it was built too close to the nuns’ property line.

“What are we trying to teach the children in the neighborhood?” Daltoe of the Missionary Sisters of Saint Charles Borromeo – Scalabrinians told the Sun-Times.

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The club, still under construction, is tentatively called “Get It” and will feature partially nude performers and alcohol, the Sun-Times reports. It sought approval from the town in 2010.

The convent, which includes a home for elderly and sick nuns and a place for young women to join the sisterhood, would sit adjacent to the club. The venue is less than two feet from the nuns’ property, which sits partially in Stone Park and partially in Melrose Park, according to the publication.

Daltoe said the town didn't officially notify them of the project, and Stone Park officials told the Sun-Times they sent notification letters to the wrong address because of an apparent Cook County error. The letters aren't required.

Town officials say they met all other legal requirements, though Mayor Beniamino Mazzulla told the paper he signed on to the deal only after a 2010 lawsuit against Stone Park by developers.

The owner of Get It told the Sun-Times he wants to be a good neighbor and will limit the light and noise from the club. He said the club will be a high-tech, high-class venue.

Another strip club sits down the street from the one still being built.